Lisbon after dark: where to find the city's best nightlife.

The best nightlife in Lisbon centres on some great bars, cafés, clubs and live music venues. Many can be found in the city’s popular nightclub districts, but a few are waiting to be explored further afield by the more adventurous. For a night with the locals gather near Cais do Sodré and Titanic Sur Mer, a funky live music venue perched on the waterfront. Craft beer is all the rage in Lisbon right now, and for arguably the best selection of local brews head west to the city’s Alcântara district and the Quimera Brewpub. Another lively venue known for its DJ sets and live gigs is Lounge, also found near the river near Cais do Sodré. Head down to Noobai Café before dusk and enjoy a sundowner at this informal bar that stays open till midnight and ideal for meeting up in before discovering the rest of the night. If you’d rather sample Portuguese wine, join the throng for an evening at By the Wine, a cozy wine bar that features 3,000 empty bottles fixed to the ceiling! O Bom, O Mau e O Vilhão translates as “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”, but there’s nothing bad or ugly about this cool hangout, which occasionally hosts live jazz. For a good old Irish knees up, tumble into O’Gillins where the Guinness flows as swiftly as a fiddler’s elbow. Fancy your luck? Then head east over to Parque das Nações and gamble responsibly at the plush Casino Lisboa, which also hosts international cabaret shows and serves food late into the evening. For inexpensive drinks and amiable banter grab a terrace table outside Sol e Pesca, a former fishing tackle shop that’s now one of the city’s quirkiest bars. And situated on the same street is Pensão Amor, arguably the most eclectic of Lisbon’s after hours venues where anything from naughty burlesque shows to poetry recitals take place. The beer’s pretty good too!

Cais do Sodré/Santos


An established venue on Lisbon's nightlife circuit, Pensao Amor is located in an old boarding house near Cais do Sodre; (the name translates as "Love House"). It's aptly themed around an upscale, 19th-century burlesque club, complete with...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos


Anglers used to frequent this place when it sold fishing tackle and equipment. So how did a fishermen's hardware store turn itself into one of Lisbon's hippest bar-cafés? Owner Henrique Vaz Pato saw an opportunity to refurbish a long-abandoned...  Read More

Parque das Nações


World-class dance and music shows and a diverse range of table-based gaming options, anything form American Roulette and Blackjack to Caribbean Stud Poker and Baccarat, feature at this modern and stylish entertainment complex located in Parque...  Read More



An authentic Gaelic toe-tapping atmosphere pervades this popular and lively bar, and no wonder. This is the only genuinely owned Irish pub in the city - the proprietor, Conor O'Gílín, is a proud Dubliner. Opened in 1995, the Emerald Isle...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos


Located on the steep sidewalk that connects down-to-earth Cais do Sodré with upmarket Chiado, O Bom, O Mau e O Vilão, which translates as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, sits among a cluster of bars and music clubs that constitute one of...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos


The arched ceiling of this inviting wine bar is decorated with over 3000 empty wine bottles, a creative nod to the fact that this nightspot is operated by one of Portugal's leading producers – José Maria da Fonseca. Customers have an enviable...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos


Perched on a terrace underneath the Miradoura de Santa Catarine esplanade, Noobai Café works as an ad-hoc bar and restaurant popular with a younger crowd. The food is fairly basic but nourishing, with dishes such as tuna steak with leek and cod...  Read More

24 de Julho & Docas/Alcantara


The vibe at this shoe box-sized venue on live music nights positively buzzes. Indeed, Lounge is an institution, a bar that eagerly promotes the indie scene and kicks mainstream out of the window. It gets crowded here: there's nothing intimate...  Read More

24 de Julho & Docas/Alcantara


The outstanding architectural feature of this unusual pub is the tunnel it's housed in. The premises have been fashioned from a passageway dating from 1740 and dug as a subterranean bridleway for the royal horses that were stabled at Palácio...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos


Sited on the waterfront near Cais do Sodré railway station, Titanic is an obvious choice for anybody who appreciates live music in all its genres. One night you could breeze in to be regaled by syncopated jazz rhythms, on another night, frantic...  Read More


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